Our Team

Unity is a worldwide movement focused on positive spiritual practices to enrich all aspects of your life. Unity is inclusive, honoring all people, and each unique person’s path to spiritual growth. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance.

To make all of this possible, we are grateful to have a team of fantastic individuals who bless our community with their time, talent, and treasure, elevating our collective consciousness and propelling us forward.

Ministry Leadership

Rev. Ken Daigle

Senior Minister

Rev. Ken Daigle is a lively speaker whose deep spiritual commitment and knowledge is conveyed with irresistible enthusiasm.  Ken was raised in New Orleans and its spirit of music, dance, and celebration still permeate his life today.  He moved from the Big Easy to the Big Apple for show business and enjoyed a successful and exciting career as a professional actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer.

Ken had the extreme honor of working with Jerome Robbins while performing in the 1990 revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Chaim Topol.  He has since worked with the Jerome Robbins Trust, directing and choreographing Fiddler around the United States and Canada.  His other theatrical credits include Damn Yankees, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Show Boat, and Evita. 

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: The Quantum You
With Rev. Ken Daigle

His journey into Truth and New Thought Teachings started in New York City with Marianne Williamson and then with Eric Butterworth’s Unity Church in 1989.  He later found and dove into deeper studies of Unity with Rev. Paul Tenaglia at Unity of New York.  In 2009, he added Unity Village and Unity Institute to his spiritual home base.

Ken quickly became a leader in the Unity spiritual community, teaching classes, workshops, and presenting Sunday lessons at Unity Churches in Palo Alto, Manhattan, KS, Quincy, IL, New York City, San Francisco, Kansas City, and others.  In the summer of 2009, he became a Licensed Unity Teacher and was ordained a Unity Minister by Rev. Paul Tenaglia in March of 2012.  Ken served as Senior Minster at Unity of Fremont from 2011 to 2012.

Ken has been the Senior Minister at Unity San Francisco since September of 2012, where he joyously offers Sunday talks, classes, and workshops throughout the year.

Ken is also the author of the internationally acclaimed course, Absolute Abundance, which he developed and teaches throughout the United States.  To learn more about the course, please visit the site by clicking here.

In 2007, Ken achieved his greatest success at a small event in Canada where he married the love of his life, JD Schramm.  They make their home in San Francisco, and are the proud parents of Tobias, Roma, and Joshua – living the dream!

 

Rev. DeeAnn Weir Morency

Associate Minister and Licensed Unity Teacher

Originally from New York City, Rev. DeeAnn Weir Morency first fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area at age 17.  She split her time between both coasts until 2011, when she and her wife, Chris, put down roots in Oakland.  A professional actor and arts educator for over 20 years, Rev. DeeAnn brings creativity and enthusiasm to all that she does.

Rev. DeeAnn first came into contact with Unity’s teachings while serving as the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Berkeley.  As an ordained Interfaith Minister and Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner, she brings a unique variety of teachings to her leadership at Unity San Francisco, where she and her wife feel blessed to call home.  She became a Licensed Unity Teacher in 2016, and is currently enrolled in Unity’s Field Licensing Program; she became a licensed Unity Minister in March of 2018, to be ordained in March of 2020.

She is an impassioned and impactful speaker, who loves to teach and lead services both at Unity SF and at Unity and New Thought churches throughout the Bay Area.  A lifelong spiritual seeker, she facilitates and leads retreats, teaches workshops and classes, and officiates weddings and other life rituals.

To learn more about Rev. DeeAnn’s ministry, please visit her website using the button below.

Rooted in Love
With Rev. DeeAnn Weir Morency

Licensed Unity Teachers

Laura Taylor

Laura Taylor has been on a dedicated spiritual path for many years and loves the way Unity’s message and teachings touch people. She has been a Licensed Unity Teacher since 2015 and offers classes, workshops and retreats at Unity San Francisco and speaks at Unity and New Thought centers.

Laura delights in guiding people into experiencing and deepening their awareness of their own innate and beautiful Spiritual Essence. She has been a Holistic Practitioner for over 35 years and has a private practice in San Francisco as a Hypnotherapist and Energy Worker in the Mind-Body-Soul realms.

Dave Cooperberg

Dave Cooperberg became a Licensed Unity Teacher in November, 2018.  He has been a licensed (MFT12549) psychotherapist in private practice since 1978.  Since 1971, Buddhist silent meditation has been his foundational spiritual practice.

His life work emphasizes empowering others to live life more consciously and from their highest good.  Whether through psychotherapy, spiritual direction, teaching classes, or leading meditation retreats, Dave finds joy in helping others bloom into expressing their own divine nature.

Board of Trustees

Andrea DeBell

Board President

Andrea’s spiritual journey started during her teens, when she began to meditate and practice yoga.  Since then, she has attented various spiritual retreats, including three in India, and she has read a wealth of spiritual books.  She discovered Unity for the first time in Houston over a decade ago.  When Andrea and her husband moved to San Francisco in 2015, she considers herself lucky to find a warm and loving community at Unity San Francisco, which instantly became their spiritual home.

“Being a member of the Board,” she says, “seems to bring my life full circle, as I am able to combine my corporate work experience with my spiritual beliefs.  I have worked in non-profit, private, and corporate sectors, in the education and software industry, and have served in high-level administrative and managerial positions.  Along with my diverse work experience, my BA and MA in education have also been great assets in helping me to work effectively on the board.”

Andrea feels greatly blessed to be a part of Unity San Francisco – where we have a loving, vibrant, and welcoming community infused with clear purpose and deep spiritual principles.

Carole Dolighan

Board Vice President

Carole grew up in Western Canada, not far from the Canadian Rockies.  Always interested in design, color, and textiles, she studied at the New York School of Design, after which she traveled to Australia, where she opened a shop selling original garments that she created to feature dyeing techniques on natural fabrics.  The creative process and entrepreneurial aspect of developing a wholesale business was thrilling, but the pull of family brought her back to San Francisco, where she continued to develop her dyeing techniques and sell her wares to boutiques and specialty stores across the country.

Spiritually, Carole’s interest was sparked when reading the works of Joseph Campbell.  Very much a seeker, her spiritual path eventually lead her to Unity San Francisco, where she instantly felt at home and enrolled in each new class that was offered.  Through learning the Core Values of the community, along with the Five Principles of Unity, she knew that it was a place where she could learn, grow, and serve.

Today, she is a member of the Prayer Chaplains, along with the governing board and hospitality team.  Being a part of Unity has enriched her life and helped her to become more comfortable with who she is as she happily creates the life she wishes based on Unity Principles.  She enjoys painting, gardening, working with mosaics, and, of course, serving passionately as a member of the Unity community.

 

Susan Ives

Co-Treasurer

Susan’s New Thought journey began in 1986 when her son was born.  His birth was a life-changing experience, and she was overwhelmed with emotion.  Susan had many questions which her traditional religious beliefs could not answer – questions that led her on a metaphysical journey, on which she discovered that she needed a supportive spiritual community to help her along the way.

“I am most grateful for the wonderful classes and people I’ve met at the Divine Science Church in Washington, D.C. and in Unity,” she says.  “These people and lessons have influenced my relationships and my work as a healthcare designer.”

Susan moved to the Bay Area from Maryland where she attended Unity of Gaithersburg.  Finding a supportive community at Unity San Francisco eased her transition, and becoming a Board member allows her to serve as and inspire this vibrant spiritual community, joining others who share her journey.

Elaine Bostwick Smith

Co-Treasurer

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Elaine has been attending Unity San Francisco for over 20 years.  She spent 35 years as a research associate, and the last 8 years as an Executive Assistant at Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a non-profit serving youth in three Bay Area counties.

Elaine is now retired, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, serving on the board at Unity San Francisco, and singing with the Sounds of Unity Choir and the Silicon Valley Diversity Choir.

Frank Burgoyne

Board Member at Large

Frank grew up in Wisconsin in a large Catholic Family, attending both Catholic grade school and high schools, but he no longer resonated with his religion of origin after going away to college.  He moved to San Francisco in 1979 and embarked on a new spiritual journey via the teachings of Louise Hay and A Course in Miracles.  After a close friend passed away in 1995, he discovered the Metropolitan Community Church and attended services there for 22 years.

In 2017, Frank started attending services weekly at Unity San Francisco, taking many classes and involving himself with service to the community.  “In Unity,” he says, “I’ve found a spiritual home that fits my eclectic spirituality and need for a nondogmatic, inclusive congregation.  Being on the Board allows me to give back to this community where I am so spiritually well-fed.”

Office Staff

Kaitlin Bertschi

Office Manager

Jared Le Doux

Ministerial Assistant, A/V Staff

Jared LeDoux is a music composer specializing in original music for film and video games.  A graduate of the Technology and Applied Composition program at the San Francisco Conservatory and a native of Decatur, Georgia, Jared joined the Unity San Francisco team in May of 2019, where he works on both the A/V team and as a member of the office staff.  When not at Unity, he spends his time working on music, drinking tea, and planning his next run.  For more information on his work as a composer and to listen to his latest music, please visit www.jaredledoux.com.

Alexandra Gilliam

Director of Marketing & Digital Services

Alexandra has been a proud and active member of the Unity San Francisco team since the summer of 2017, when she became the Chief Operating Officer.  She served in this capacity, along with as a member of the music team as an occasional Sunday soloist, until July of 2019 when she relocated to Philadelphia.  Determined not to let distance separate her from the Unity San Francisco family, she continues to serve the community as the Director of Marketing & Digital Services.  In addition to designing and engineering this website, she maintains the Unity San Francisco social media presence and edits livestreaming videos, seeking to radiate the Unity message to all the world through digital engagement and interpersonal connection.

In addition to her administrative work, Alexandra is a professional opera, musical theater, and cabaret singer, and she performs all over the nation, from San Francisco to Philadelphia.  For more information about her musical career, please visit her website at www.alexandragilliam.com.

Music Team

Misa Malone

Music Director

Misa Malone was introduced to the joy of singing at a very young age.  Raised in the Church and singing lead in front of The Sunshine Band at the tender age of 7 years old, singing became the way to express love and joy; the love of God, and the joy of living and all that it entails.  While singing was something that she has always done and enjoyed, it is from the music itself that music derives true pleasure.

A poet and storyteller, also from a young age, she began writing songs and singing them.  An onstage performer with the longest running musical in the world, Beach Blanket Babylon, she was blessed to perform for the legendary Tony Bennett, who blew her kisses from the audience.

Misa has completed two studio albums, her sophomore release, Awaited, and her award-winning freshman release, Shades of Blue.  An integral member of the Unity San Francisco ministry team, Misa joined the Unity movement five years ago and is currently working on an EP of New Thought music.  About her released work, Misa says, “Shades of Blue and Awaited were a birth of many things: lessons learned, love and chaos, and all of the things that make this human life worth living.  Now that I have a better understanding of who I am as an artist, who I am in consciousness, and where my music can lead the listener, I am excited to record music that genuinely connects people not only to each other but to the divinity that resides in each of us.”

Ryan Harvey

Director of Audio Visual Services

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